Storm Sinks Lakers for GLIAC Win

Photo by BB Sports Photography
Photo by BB Sports Photography

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—The Lake Erie College men's basketball team picked up their first Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) win of the season Saturday (Dec. 5), defeating Grand Valley State University, 84-78, in Michigan. 

"This was a big win for us in the GLIAC," said Storm Head Coach Cliff Hunt. "Getting at least a split on this trip was important. We really shot the ball well in the first half and built a big lead. We were a little soft defensively in the second half but hung on for the win. We have a lot of work to do on both sides of the ball but we are happy with a nice team road win."

The Storm fell behind early, 11-2, but quickly pulled within one, 15-14.  The Lakers responded by going on another big run as they moved ahead 26-17 midway through the half.  The Storm shooters started to warm up as they went on a 10-0 run to gain the lead for the first time two minutes later.  After trading baskets, the Storm went on another run, 7-0 this time, to gain control of the game.  In the final minutes of the half, the Storm led by as much as 16, owning a 52-36 advantage at the break.

Michael Morris (New Palestine, Ind./New Palestine) had one of the best halves of his career, leading the Storm with 15 points, hitting four-of-five shots.  Trey Howard (Lima, Ohio/Lima Shawnee) also hit double digits in the half, scoring ten.

The Storm shot well in the first half, hitting 17-of-32 (53.1%) of their shots including 10-of-16 (62.5%) from the three point arch. 

The momentum carried over from the first half into the second as the Storm controlled the flow of the game, increasing their lead by as much as 23.  The Lakers fought bought, pulling within eight points with four minutes to play.  However, the Storm shot well from the free-throw line down the stretch as they secured the conference win. 

Morris ended the game with a team-high 19 points while grabbing four rebounds.  Andy Bosley (Columbus, Ohio/Orange) scored 17 points and grabbed a team-high nine boards.  He went 10-for-10 from the free-throw line.  Trey Howard ended the game with 12 points while Sean Howard (Indianapolis, Ind./Lawrence North) had 11.  The guard duo combined for eight assists.  Steve Walczak (Columbus, Ohio/Olentangy) had a great game off the bench, hitting all four of his shots from the floor as he ended the game with nine points and six rebounds.

For the game, the Storm hit 25-of-56 (44.6%) shots including 11-of-24 (45.8%) on three pointers.  They turned the ball over 13 times compared to the Lakers 17.  The Storm took advantage of the Grand Valley mistakes, scoring 22 points off turnovers. 

The Storm is back at home next Saturday (Dec. 12), playing host to Hillsdale College in conference play.

-LEC-